Visiting Naples for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do
With its captivating contrast and relentless pace, Naples—which stretches from the Mediterranean to Mt. Vesuvius—can seem daunting. Tackle this coastal capital one highlight at a time, taking in its history, culture, and cuisine in small doses. Here’s how first-time visitors can fall in love with Bella Napoli.
Begin at the heart
And explore the historic city.
Naples’ pulsating heart is its historic center, or centro storico. No visit to this storied city is complete without a tour of this warren of narrow lanes lined with everything from magnificent churches to tiny artisan workshops. Join a walking, biking, or Segway tour to learn about the rich local culture of this teeming neighborhood.
Sample the local snacks
And eat like an Italian.
Home to pizza, pasta, and pastries, Naples is the food capital of southern Italy. Join a food tour of the city center to taste authentic Neapolitan pizza margherita, local sweets like babà al rhum and sfogliatelle, and some of the best espresso in the world. If you want to take the flavor of Naples home, join a cooking class and learn how to prepare classic local dishes.
Go beneath the surface
And explore a different side to the city.
The history of Naples stretches back millennia, and to really get a feel for its fascinating past, you need to head below the modern city’s streets. Join an underground tour and discover Roman ruins and surprising ancient treasures hidden deep beneath the historic center.
Visit Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius
And travel back in time.
Take a wine tour
And taste the terroir.
The hulking form of Mt. Vesuvius dominates the skyline above Naples, and its countless eruptions over the millennia have made its slopes some the most fertile in the region. Take a wine tour of lush mountain vineyards to taste the local reds and whites while drinking in views of the city.
Set sail across the bay
And enjoy that Italian sea air.
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